Yet again you guys have proved to be the best of fans. Not the mist, the cold, not even the dreary gray clouds kept you from us at Burgers & Hiphop at Prince Charles this Saturday. At least the smell of bacon cut through iffy weather, am I right? The salt, the maple, the ever so slightly charred aroma kept even the lightest of eaters coming back for seconds (or thirds). Big thanks to our incredible vendors this round. They all toughened it out and came up with patties layered with condiments to i-m-p-r-e-s-s: machego crisps, wurst, homemade bbq, sautéed vegetables (separate burgers). Not surprisingly, competition this year was tough and well fought out. The night closed with a well fed crowd dancing to the tunes of Beyoncé and Biggie Smalls: the mist, it turns out, is great for cooling off.
As always, here are all competitors, with the votes only revealed for the top three.
Cheese, bacon and more cheese: Outbreak Food came prepared with the condiments they know you love. Does the homemade bread and crispy vegetables mean we can almost call it healthy?
One of the prettiest, neatest, kindly wrapped burgers, Picnic 34 sandwiches defy street-food stereotypes. The team was generous with toppings too: ample bacon, toasted cheddar, bright green lettuce made for a classic burger it’ll be hard to forget.
Here is a team that takes their pork seriously. Bacon took front and center stage in The Bird Express’ burger, with just enough cheese and just enough warm sesame bread to make you forget about the rain.
Welcoming this new player to the burger feast, Little Joy did not disappoint. Partnering with The Sausage Man Never Sleeps and The Bread Station, this team got fancy with a doubly bacon burger (both thick cut and crumbled bacon), crispy aged manchego, sauerkraut, and mustard aioli.
Don’t be fooled by the mess, this burger and every stain it may or may not have caused was 100p worth it. The jalapeños and crunchy onions did not out-stage the bacon: the pork was cut practically as thick as the Green Bay Cheese Deluxe itself. The risk-taking paid off and won J Kinski third place with 99 votes!
Always a fierce competitor, Chilees was an easy crowd favorite despite the intimidating bun color. The former champions served a burger complete with coleslaw, a dry aged bio-beef patty, fried onions, pork belly, mescal-sauce (still breathing?) and jalapeños. Yup. This original concoction garnered them 2nd place with 133 votes in total.
Turns out slow and steady wins the day. Gorilla Barbecue who notoriously smoke their meat for over 14 hours came and won the hearts of Saturday’s audience with a wopping 294 votes! Maybe it was the sweet bun, the tangy cucumber, the cool creamy truffle mayo? Maybe it was the Irish beef? Let’s see if they can keep their throne next round. Congratulations!
On to the next one! Train your stomachs for our up-coming edition on December 3rd!